TORRANCE, California — The all-new 2016 Honda Pilot midsize SUV earned the 2015 Top Safety Pick+ award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety when equipped with the optional front-crash prevention system, the automaker said in a statement on Friday.
No official results were posted on the website of the IIHS as of Friday morning.
The 2016 Pilot is on sale now at Honda dealerships.
The third-generation 2016 Pilot has not been rated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Honda said the IIHS results on the 2016 Pilot include "a top rating of 'good' in five IIHS crash-test modes, including a top score of 'good' in the Insurance Institute's stringent small overlap frontal crash test."
The test is designed to replicate what happens when the front corner of a vehicle collides with another vehicle or an object like a tree or utility pole.
In comparison, the 2015 Pilot earned "good" scores in four IIHS crash tests, but a "poor" rating in the small overlap front crash test.
The 2016 Pilot's optional front collision-prevention system, called Honda Sensing, earned a "superior" rating.
Honda Sensing is a $1,000 option on the Pilot EX and EX-L models. It is not available on the base 2016 Pilot LX model, but is standard on the top-of-the-line Pilot Touring and Elite models.
The 2016 Pilot adopts Honda's advanced body structure and what it calls a three-bone, underbody frame design, which helps to direct the forces of a crash away from the passenger compartment.
Standard safety equipment includes electronic stability control, antilock brakes with brake assist, six airbags and a rearview camera.
Edmunds says: Car shoppers keeping score should note that the 2016 Chevrolet Traverse, Ford Explorer and Nissan Pathfinder have not been rated by the IIHS.